February 13, 2020

EHR Company Pays $145 Million Fine in Opioid Prescription Kickback Scheme

On January 27, the DOJ announced that they had reached both civil and criminal resolutions with Practice Fusion, Inc., a San Francisco-based EHR vendor, in which the company admitted to receiving a nearly $1 million kickback from a major opioid company in exchange for designing alerts into its EHR software which sought to influence the prescription of opioids. The civil settlement also resolves Practice Fusion’s civil liability arising from false claims that it submitted that were “tainted by the kickback arrangement between Practice Fusion and the opioid company.” Christina E. Nolan, United States Attorney for the District of Vermont called the recovery “another example of pioneering healthcare fraud enforcement by . . . [the] U.S. Attorney’s Office.”